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The System of Professions: An Essay on the Division of Expert Labor
In "The System of Professions" Andrew Abbott explores central questions about the role of professions in modern life: Why should there be occupational groups controlling expert knowledge? Where andExpand
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Sequence analysis: new methods for old ideas
A wide variety of work in social science concerns sequences of events or phenomena. This essay reviews concepts of sequence and methods for analyzing sequences. After a brief definitional discussion,Expand
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Time Matters: On Theory and Method
This text focuses particularly on questions of time, events and causality. Expand
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Linked Ecologies: States and Universities as Environments for Professions*
In this article I generalize ecological theory by developing the notion of separate but linked ecologies. I characterize an ecology by its set of actors, its set of locations, and the relation itExpand
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A Primer on Sequence Methods
This paper considers the technical problem of analyzing sequences of social events. Expand
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Measuring Resemblance in Sequence Data: An Optimal Matching Analysis of Musicians' Careers
This article introduces a method that measures resemblance between sequences using a simple metric based on the insertions, deletions, and substitutions required to transform one sequence intoExpand
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Methods of Discovery: Heuristics for the Social Sciences
  • A. Abbott
  • Sociology, Computer Science
  • 1 February 2004
Abbott helps social science students discover what questions to ask. Expand
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Sequence Analysis and Optimal Matching Methods in Sociology
The authors review all known studies applying optimal matching or alignment (OM) techniques to social science sequence data. Issues of data, coding, temporality, cost setting/algorithm design, andExpand
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Things of boundaries
L'A. affirme qu'il n'existe pas de frontieres preexistant entre les entites du monde social. Il estime, au contraire que ce sont ces fontieres qui creent les objets. Il tente de montrer que lesExpand
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Status and Status Strain in the Professions
  • A. Abbott
  • Psychology
  • American Journal of Sociology
  • 1 January 1981
Professionals and nonprofessionals assign different status to the subspecialities of the various professions. This follows from their different bases for prestige assignment. Intraprofessional statusExpand
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